It was a very sloppy performance by the San Francisco 49ers in the first half, but they still managed to win 31-17 against the hapless St. Louis Rams in their NFL league game on Monday night. They won mainly because of the contribution of their quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Colin played a very strong game and was in top form coming into this match and delivered another gem of a performance for their third straight win. He completed an unbelievable 22 out of 36 passes with three touchdowns.
For the Rams, their rookie players did most of the work as Greg Robinson made his first appearance at the left guard along with Tre Mason as the runner. Both these players were quite impressive against the tight defense of the 49ers. It was the Rams who took a commanding lead of 7-0 thanks to a 39-yard pass from Austin Davis to Jared Cook. Tavon Austin who was struggling with his form was involved in two straight hand-offs. Vernon Davis who looked scratchy after missing two games ran a poor route on the 49ers’ first play.
The Rams had the clear advantage heading into the second half as 49ers were still looking like they were here just to participate. However, just when it looked like the game was heading towards a one-sided affair, the silent assassin Brandon Lloyd made a double move on Janoris Jenkins who was caught napping as he managed to score a stunning 80-yard goal to cut the Rams’ lead to just 4.
That move changed the momentum of the game completely toward 49ers as they came out stronger in the second half which included the amazing skill displayed by Kaepernick. They took the lead from the Rams very early in the second half and hung on to it without their injured linebacker Patrick Willis.
In the end, the Rams couldn’t contain the onslaught of the 49ers and surrendered the game 31-17.